Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Book Review

 


Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Guild Hunters #2

Released: 2/2/10 by Berkley Sensation

Pages: 323  Price: $7.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

My Review:

This series is starting to grow on me.  It truly does remind me of the Chicagoland Vampire series but it also reminds me a tad of the Anita Blake series(well this book at least…).  The later of the two is probably the reason this book will receive the same rating as the last book.  I really don’t like zombies. Fortunately they were such a small part of the plot in this book that it didn’t cost it yet another star.

What I did enjoy about how this world continues to flesh itself out is that we got to learn a lot more about Angels and their culture in book two.  I so appreciated how Elena struggled with her transformation.  Being an angel did not come easy for her, she needed to learn the ropes and was able to find her way without compromising her humanity as well.  I also liked the changes I am seeing in Raphael as well.  I like how he is evolving, as he calls it.  I think Elena is going to shake up this society of angels in a good way.  By the looks of things they so need it.

We spent this entire book in the angel world so the conflict between Elena and her father stayed on the back-burner even though I so what to see the smack-down between these two,  I hope Raphael hits him with angel fire.  We did learn more or most of the tragedy from Elena’s past and while I saw some of it coming I think how Elena lost her mother is not what I was expecting.  We also learned about Raphael’s own troubled parental past and I think his mother will eventually be making an appearance in this series.

The chemistry between Elena and Raphael continues to grow and I like this paring.  I think Raphael’s seven will eventually too.  They are an interesting bunch and I look forward to getting to know them in future books.  It looks like some of them have their own stories in upcoming titles.

Yep, this one is so growing on me.  I want to dive right into the next title as these two return to New York but first I need to read a review ARC.  Soon, soon I will find out what happens next!

My Rating:

Monday Morning Check-In: Oy.

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday everyone.  Yes, today’s post is late.  I did not write it up before going away last weekend and this morning I needed to take an online class for work.  So I actually have a valid reason today.  I did notice this morning that the graphic I pulled for the 30 day book challenge is different from the list I have been working off of.  I most likely pulled them from two different sources and didn’t notice.  They are not that different so I am not going to update all the posts as I am half-way through the challenge.  I also noticed that I skipped day 12 over on Instagram when I left for Chicago so this morning I did not post a graphic there but instead did a short video explaining the day I missed and gave you a consolation kitten to say I’m sorry.  Tomorrow they will be back on track.  I also believe I need to take one or two more pictures and I have misplaced my list so I will need to figure that out eventually.

On the reading front, not a lot got done this weekend.  We did listen to a short audio book on the way out-of-town but I might not review that one.  We will see, maybe.  I did manage to pick up some great books at a Goodwill in Chicago and the hubby and I agree that we will need to take a thrifting vacation out there sometime.  We hit the outlet mall on the way home but after falling for thrift shopping I looked at all the prices in the stores there and I just can’t bring myself to believe $150-$300 is a fair price for a purse!  The same brand that I am carrying now that I picked up for $12 at Salvation Army is like $200 in the stores there.  I would hate myself if I paid that much for a purse.  I rather find something for an amazing deal second-hand than buy it new anymore.  I end up loving the item more knowing I got it for a steal at a store that is going to do good for people in need.  Okay, preaching done.  I need to finish up my current read and dive into a review request book for my favorite indie author.  Her second book in her sci-fi series is coming out soon and I am looking forward to seeing how the plot progresses.

Happy Reading!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 15

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Day 15: Favorite Male Character

Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson #8.5)

Goodreads Link, Blog Review

Favorites are subjective.  They tend to change as we grow as a reader and it was difficult for me to pin down one favorite male character because there have been many that I adore.  Often that changes with what ever my current read is or my last five-star review.  For the time being, and after much consideration, I would have to say that Reyes Farrow is my current favorite male character.  I love this world and the chemistry between him and Charley is amazing.  He is the perfect yin to Charley’s yang a strong dark alpha male with more than a touch of light in him.  Yep he is freaking amazing and my heart melts for him.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14

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Day 14: Favorite book by favorite author

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22)

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This was a tough call but when I look back at some of the reviews I commented how this book would have received seven stars, one more than I wished I could have given Acheron.  The two books are of course linked being Ash and Styxx are brothers but of the two this one struck the stronger chord with me. My thoughts on the mater is that I spent so many books really disliking Styxx that once I read his story I fell for him. Hard.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

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Day 13: Your Favorite Writer.

 

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while now know that Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite author.  No surprises there.  I’m not going to say that she is the only author I love, there are a handful of them on my auto-buy list, but she is hands down the author that I’ve read and enjoyed the most.  It was just over a year ago that the above picture took place.  Ms. Kenyon came to Chicago to launch her August book release in 2015 and I was so there. I still can not believe I was able to meet my favorite author in person and it truly was a dream come true.  Of course I embarrassed my self all over the place but oh well that happens when you meet someone you idolize.  If you wish to read about the book signing you can do so here.

 

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 12

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Day 12: A book you used to love but don’t anymore.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

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Okay, it’s not that I dislike or hate the book now it is simply a case of I’ve moved on.  I’ve moved beyond teenage drama, moved beyond the simplistic writing, moved on from the love triangle.  Twilight will always hold a spot in my heart and on my shelves as it is the book that got me back into reading.  It is the book that introduced me to the genre that I love, paranormal romance.  I thank you Ms. Meyer for all that you have done for me but I am over you and won’t be reading your new books.  I got tired of waiting for you to stop two-timing on readers with the movie industry and write another freaking book.  Sorry, you lost me.  There are other writers out there for me to enjoy that produce a book on a more regular basis.  As to Twilight I use to reread the series each year until I met a more sophisticated and adult plot in A Discovery of Witches and I’ve not picked this one up since.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11

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Day 11: A book you hated

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)

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Okay first off this is simply my personal opinion so no throwing flame bombs at me in the comments.  I did not like this book.  I did not like the main character at all.  If you read my review you can see why.  This series simply was not for me even though I know many of you are über fans of this world. I was actually quite disappointed about it too.  I wanted to love it like so many of you do but I could not get past the main character and did not want to suffer through x# of books waiting for them to get better.  So I DNF the title and moved on…  Sorry #notsorry.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 10

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Day 10: Favorite Classic Book

The Diary of Adam and Eve

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I’m generally not a fan of classics but every once in a while I feel like I need to read something that would be good for me.  Kind of like taking medicine or exercising so I turn to some classic that I know I probably won’t enjoy just because I want the reading street cred.  This title I read for a challenge I participated in last year and actually ended up enjoying it.  Quite a bit actually.  So much that I will be looking into other works by Twain to fulfill that need to read something good for me in the future.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Let it go…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

This is kind of a fun topic for the week.  All those books are all so tempting and ever so easy to add to a to-read shelf.  Then life happens or a shiny new book catches our attention and they pile up. Fast.  And we never seem to get to them all.  We are ALL guilty of this and that’s okay.  So perhaps this is a good opportunity to take a look at our shelves and simply let them go.  Tastes change, time is short and we will never read all the books we want to read because the freaking publishing world doesn’t stop putting new work out there that we want to read instead.  If a title is important you will make time for it, if not, then maybe it wasn’t meant to be.  I’ve only been blogging for two years so I am going to go to my Goodreads shelf and pick the ten books that have on my to-read shelf the longest.  Shall we begin.

Ten books that have been on my to-read shelf for far too long

  1. If Angels Burn (Darkyn #1) Added 10/25/2011: This is the very first book on my to-read shelf.  I’m not going to say it was the first one I added to my Goodreads account because I might have weeded or read some other title. I had to go back and reread what the book is about to see if I am even still interested.  I am.  It has good reviews by people I follow and I own a physical copy of this.  So I’m holding on to this one.
  2. Bound by Night (Bound, #1) Added 10/25/2011: Ugh.  This one doesn’t even sound appealing anymore.  I know I have book two on my physical to-read bookcase so maybe I’ll keep it on the shelf, but if I ever get ambitious about weeding this list it just might go. Stay for now.
  3. Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1) Added 10/28/2011:  This one looks awful too.  Barely a description and a lot of negative reviews.  Letting this one go.  Weeded
  4. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Added 11/2/2011: Lots of good ratings from people I respect with this one.  I have it on my to-read bookcase at home perhaps it is time to move this one up in priority because it looks like I might be missing out.  Holding on to this one. Update: After writing up this post two weeks ago I was looking for a book to read and picked this one (perhaps from writing this very post).  I posted the review last night if you are interested.
  5. Acquainted With the Night (Acquainted With the Night, #1) Added 12/7/2011:  I have absolutely no memory of ever being interested in this book.  I don’t own it so weeding this one right now.  Letting this one go.
  6. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1) Added 12/20/2011: This series still looks good to me and it looks like it has tons of positive ratings. I also own a paper copy of this title.  Going to hang on to this one for a bit.
  7. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1) Added 12/20/2011:  I’m on the fence with this one.  Since I still own a copy I think I will keep it on the list a bit longer.
  8. Any Way You Want It (New Orleans Vampires, #1) Added 1/28/2012:  Alright this one just doesn’t sound like my cup-of-tea anymore so this title I will be letting go.  Weeded.
  9. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Added 2/13/2012: It has been forever since I read the first book in this series.  I did enjoy it but obviously not enough to dive into the second book.  I still read good things about the series and my library does have them all available through overdrive.  So even though I might have to go back and reread the first one in the series I will keep this one on my list.
  10. Crave (Fallen Angels, #2) Added 3/21/2012:  Oy I just need to let this one go.  I do have this and the next book in the series but I was not a fan of this spin-off world by Ms. Ward.  I know they get better, but I just don’t think I want to wade through two or three books waiting for that to happen.  The brothers just don’t show up often enough to keep my attention.  On the fence about this one so for now it stays…

Well there you have my list for this week.  What books have you been putting off?

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

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Day 9: A Book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving*

The Goldfinch

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The little * is for the fact that I didn’t love this book.  I liked it, much more than I thought I would being that I usually don’t like most books that are considered Big Lit and won awards like the Pulitzer…. I’m just not that cerebral.  This one though struck a chord with me for a reason I will be posting about on Day 25.  I am glad that I listened to it instead of reading it as I might not have stuck it out.  The fact that I was elbow deep in wool last year and nowhere near a wi-fi signal in order to download something else was the reason I kept listing.  I’m glad that I did.  This is not a happy story or even a really sad one for the most part.  It is an interesting story about letting go and what we do to keep those who are important to us in our lives. 

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.
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